Reflection: Rigor Sedimentary Rocks Day 2 of 2 - Section 3: Independent & Small Groups Working With Informational Sheet


How did I offer support to my small group? Most of the students in the small group can decode adequately. I have very good decoders this year. However, two of the 6 students still struggle with decoding.

My students are learning how to take notes and to navigate through difficult informational text. So while most of these students can read, it doesn't mean they know how to discern information. The informational handout offers much to choose from about sedimentary rock (Pages16-17InformationalSheet.JPG).

As I sat with my students I asked them to think about what they found interesting. One student asked about the word, beds. I take time to explore the word with her. While she has a context for the word bed, finding this simple/common word in this context (of bed rock) can be confusing. But being in this small groups allowed me to help her navigate this situation, in which she ends up expanding her vocabulary.

I am appreciating the shift that asks us to provide students with more informational text at this level because it is allowing me to build my students' content knowledge, something my English Language Learners greatly need. In immersing them with informational text, I am teaching them to be confident with this type of text. Yes, it is challenging but with practice they are going to get better at it.

Other students in this group need my encouragement. This encouragement was about giving them permission to write about they found interesting. For example, a student said out loud, "oh, this is interesting." To which I replied, "what is interesting?" She pointed out where the author states how dead plants and animals make up sedimentary rock. I said, "well, that certainly sounds interesting, that is something you can add." And, so she did. Building confidence is just as important in teaching them how to read. The confidence in tackling unfamiliar text is necessary for them to be successful.

  Rigor: Reflecting on Independent & Small Groups
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Sedimentary Rocks Day 2 of 2

Unit 3: All About Rocks: Learning Science Through Informational Text
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions to understand key details about an informational text on sedimentary rocks.

Big Idea: The layers of rock tell the story of our planet.

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